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New Delhi(web team): Another Brave heart Veteran journalist, author and anti-nuclear activist Praful Bidwai has died at the age of 64 during a visit to the Netherlands.
Delhi-based Bidwai was attending a conference in Amsterdam yesterday when he choked on his food and died of suspected cardiac arrest, a family friend told The Wire website. The Indian embassy in the Netherlands said its consular wing was assisting in the case.
Bidwai was a fellow at Transnational Institute at Amsterdam, an organisation of international scholar-activists. He was a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers, besides being a leading anti-nuclear activist. He also wrote a number of books, including the 1999 New Nukes: India, Pakistan and Global Nuclear Disarmament. His latest book on the crisis in the Indian Left was due to be released later in 2015.
After working as a senior editor for the Times of India for a number of years, Bidwai became a freelance commentator, writing for publications in India and abroad.
He was a staunch critic of the Narendra Modi-led ruling NDA government and in an article in UK-based The Guardian early in 2015 he wrote that Modi’s “grandiose schemes – including large-scale urban sanitation, cleaning up the Ganges, interlinking rivers or creating ‘smart cities’ – smacks of gimmickry and empty sloganeering”. He also wrote a regular column for Frontline and Hindustan Times for several years.
Born in Nagpur, Bidwai had been a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Social Development, New Delhi, and also a Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. He had also served as a member of the Indian Council for Social Science Research, the Central Advisory Board on Education, and the National Book Trust.
Input with PTI